Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A coal-laden train caught fire near Kenduapada station in Bhadrak district on Saturday morning. As many as eight to ten bogies of the train reportedly caught fire. 

Fire service personnel were pressed into service to douse the fire. 

As per reports, the train, loaded with coal, was on its way from Paradip to Bhadrak when it caught fire all of a sudden at Manjuri Road. Subsequently, railway staff sounded alarm and called for fire service personnel. The train was then driven to Kenduapada station.

Upon being informed, fire personnel rushed to the spot and doused the flames. No untoward incident was reported from the spot.

The exact reason behind the spread of fire is yet to be known. As per railway officials, the fire might have emanated from coal near Manjuri Road late last night.

“The fire has been doused by the fire services personnel. However, smoke is still coming out from the coal. Efforts are on to control the smoke fully,” said Sourabh Rout, fire services official, Bhandaripokhari.